This has been (so far) one of my favorite events at Epcot. Last year was awesome with the Tea Garden Tour and the Garden Rocks concert. This is year there have been quite a few changes and with those changes came all new experiences and best of all, all new menu options!
Here are some of the highlights.
The Butterfly House
The butterfly house presented by GoGO Squeeze is a must stop as you make your way through. It is an awesome experience for kids and adults alike. As you make your way through there are areas to stop and find out some fun facts about butterflies and their cycle from caterpillar to full fledge butterfly and the flowers that they enjoy. It was awesome to see them flying around from flower to flower and it seemed like some even stopped to pose.
New Outdoor Kitchen Menu Items
Each Outdoor Kitchen will feature its own raised-bed or in-ground garden of herbs and produce that can inspire the growing numbers of guests who want to learn to grow what they eat.
“The culture of growing your own food continues to trend, and our guests each year have quite a few questions related to edible gardens,” says Eric Darden, festival horticulture manager. “They get a big kick comparing items in our gardens with the herbs and produce our chefs incorporate into the festival’s Outdoor Kitchen recipes.”
The Honey Bee-stro, a new Outdoor Kitchen and garden at the 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, features tasty bites with honey as the key ingredient and exhibits a wide variety of honeys on the market.
No 25th Anniversary is Complete without New Merchandise!
THESE EARS THOUGH!!!
Garden Rocks is Back!
Last year they had some amazing acts come out to rock the evening. This year for the 25th anniversary of the event is no different, you will see some new and old faces this year. Fan favorites Night Ranger (“Sister Christian”) will open the series March 2-5, and The Spinners, known for “Working My Way Back To You,” will wrap the concert schedule May 25-28. Several new bands will perform at Epcot for the first time: Foghat (“Slow Ride”); Smash Mouth (“All Star”); Lonestar (“Amazed”); and Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles (“Hotel California”). Other bands new to the Garden Rocks series will be Rick Springfield (“Jessie’s Girl”), Survivor (“Eye of the Tiger”) and Jo Dee Messina (“Stand Beside Me”).
What Else to Expect
There is so much to see and do at the festival and this year will not disappoint and it is a good . Some other things to expect for the 25th year include:
- New and creative dishes will debut at 15 Outdoor Kitchens encircling the World Showcase Promenade. Guests can sip and savor their way around Epcot, enjoying chef-inspired noshes and refreshing libations.
- A bonanza of Disney character topiaries, including classic-character favorites Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and many others, will play a starring festival role. Returning this year, Belle will be featured in France along with Beast, Snow White in Germany with the Seven Dwarfs, and Anna and Elsa in Norway.
- A brand-new Future World interactive play garden and a revved-up Road to Florida 500 garden featuring new games and play challenges will set the pace for family festival fun. The new interactive area in Future World will feature a play maze, a sensory garden, an activity zone and a covered seating area. The redesigned “Cars”-themed garden based on the Disney•Pixar sequel, “Cars 3,” will add more fun activities like highway bingo for families.
- A brand-new Epcot front-entrance topiary garden will set the milestone anniversary scene with a kaleidoscope of blooming color where topiary icons Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy will greet festival guests.
- The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series will feature hit makers of the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s on the America Gardens Theatre stage. Three evening concerts each Friday through Monday present musicians that span multiple genres.
- Garden Rocks Dining Packages will be available on select days at a number of Epcot restaurants.
More details are available at EpcotInSpring.com. The festival, including all gardens and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.